The Weird, the Poetic, the Passionate: FringeArts Presents The Brownings

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Two of history’s greatest poets struggle to survive each other

FringeArts and Orbiter 3 present The Brownings, an immoderate re-­telling of the great love of the 19th century. Ostensibly set in Florence during the 1840s, where Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning eloped after their secret courtship and marriage, the pair write, love, hate, slam dope, and have weird sex all while bickering over who the better poet is. “I imagined their years in Italy as one long writer’s retreat, with all the horror that notion implies,” playwright Sam Henderson told FringeArts in an interview back in August.

Despite the show’s historical grounding, Henderson has taken certain liberties with the particulars of the couple’s story to spin a more nuanced story that eschews biographical nitpicking in favor of something far more accessible. “As I wrote, I noticed I didn’t really care about the historical Brownings at all. I much preferred these other two characters: two great artists, inextricable from each other and in permanent conflict, yearning for a reconciliation that’ll never come.”

It’s the characters’ inextricable connection—in life and in the cultural mind—that fuels this conflict, something that’s well reflected in Henderson’s interpretation of the setting: “For me, the setting of this play is the inside of a head, and we’re watching a divided mind, viciously at war with itself.”

The Brownings is the latest show from the highly acclaimed, self-­sustaining producing playwright’s collective Orbiter 3. Focused on sustainability and empowering the playwright as lead artist, this radical experiment in new play theater embraces administrative and fiscal responsibility in the pursuit of the artistic growth of its members. Past productions include Peaceable Kingdom (2017), I Am Not My Motherland (2016), and Moon Man Walk (2015). This production marks FringeArts’ first partnership with Orbiter 3, and as another organization dedicated to aiding emerging artists in the realization of their vision, the pairing could not be a better fit.

This bawdy, rudely comic exploration of the purpose of art and the nature of love runs from November 29 -­ December 9 at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.). Tickets cost $15 for students and are available by phone at 215-­413-­1318 or online at FringeArts.com.

CREDITS

The Brownings by Sam Henderson/Orbiter 3
Written by: Sam Henderson
Directed by: Harriet Power
Performers: James Ijames, David Ingram, Charlotte Northeast

‘Tis the Season To-Do: Must-Attend Holiday Happenings

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. To eat, there will be empanadas, latkes, turkey legs, soup, churros, fried Oreos, pie and other bites from Squareburger. Ben’s Sweets & Treats also will be back, but with a new gourmet hot chocolate bar and s’more-making station.


College Nights at the Rothman Rink
Dilworth Park by City Hall | Thursdays | Now until February 22
College students pay $2 admission to the Rothman Rink with student ID (skate rental not included).  On Wednesdays, 21+’ers can enjoy the weekly Cocktails and Cold Ones event.


The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | November 23 – December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | November 24 – March 4  
Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland is open seven days a week, including all holidays. This seasonal winter park, includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
The kickoff celebration will take place on Nov. 30 at 5PM at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree.  Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks. Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m. 


Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party (21+) 
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Friday, December 1 | Free for Young Friends
Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us in the Members’ Lounge.


Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
BOK Building, 1901 S 9th St | December 16 – 17
Find one of a kind holiday gifts for your family and friends at the The Punk Rock Flea Market! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.


Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill 
16 E Highland Ave | Wednesdays | December 6th, 13th and 20th
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. Celebrate the season with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights, and a visit from the jolly old elf, himself. 

Get Motivated to Explore All Things Philly!

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and Philadelphia Film Society.


Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events on  Campus Philly’s calendar. We’re always adding to it so check in to see what’s new!


RSVP to tomorrow’s Leadership Connection  event at Publicis Health Media!  Learn from regional activists, civic leaders, artists, and others about how they began, what challenges they face, and what they hope their impact will be in the future.

 

Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Local Festivals, Free Museum Days + More!

There’s never a dull calendar week in Philadelphia! We have festivals,  a celebrity sighting, free (or almost free) museum days, plus more in this week’s rundown. 

Festivals happening right now:

First Person Arts Festival
November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia |
November 1 – December 8

Coming up:

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12


Tuesday, November 7

An Eagles player could be your barista on Tuesday… See for yourself at Saxbys New Café Preview Party.


Wednesday, November 8

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of our favorite midweek activities.

If you’re 21+ and a Drake fan, you have to check out So Far Gone aka #DrakeNightSFG at The Fillmore in Fishtown!


Thursday, November 9

Make your way down the Parkway for an evening of ‘out of this world’ astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts at Night Skies in the Observatory at the Franklin Institute. 


Friday, November 10

Celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day at the Franklin Institute.  Free demonstrations, activities, and live shows will promote sustainability, environmental responsibility, and biological innovation + more!


Saturday, November 11

The National Constitution Center will be honoring Veterans Day with free admission to all visitors.  Following your visit to the Constitution Center,  stroll down to the Museum of the American Revolution for their Veterans Day Weekend activities.

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Orchestrate a Fun Night at the Orchestra 

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The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra makes going to the orchestra more than a musical experience— it’s a terrific opportunity for members to mingle, make friends, volunteer, and develop a deeper relationship with the Orchestra.

The perks:  

  • It’s free to join! 
  • You’ll be a part of one of the largest young professional groups in the city of Philadelphia. 
  • Special savings on tickets for as low as $30 
  • Access to some of the best seats in the hall 
  • Young Friends events:
    • Get exclusive access to events with musicians and guest artists 
    • Annual summer event at the Mann Center 

“With free membership and the ability to purchase up to two tickets at a reduced rate for most concerts, it brings together dynamic and successful professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 who have a love for music and an interest in exploring arts and culture.” — With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music 

In addition to getting great deals, Young Friends can give back and get more involved with the orchestra through a new program called Young Friend Ambassadors.  There are seven giving levels and an option to give a monthly gift or all at one time to get your desired level.  

Vice President of Marketing Janice Hay says, “Make going to a concert an event. Try it out. If you don’t like it, that’s OK. We want you to hear the most spectacular music anywhere, performed by some of the best artists in the world. And you can come to the Orchestra for a price that is competitive with other entertainment optionsand get past any perceptions you think exist.”  

 So try it out, become a Young Friend today and see you at the orchestra!  

Dreamin’ of the Weekend in Philadelphia

This Friday! Celebrate National Sandwich Day with a free FOMO cheesesteak from SOMO on Main Street in Manayunk. Grab yours from 11AM to 3PM while supplies last.

Oh, and this Friday = First Friday in Philadelphia! Check out:
— Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre
— First Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— InLiquid 2017 Benefit – Young Professionals Night + more.

Show your local park some love on Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 4! It’s a great way to pitch in and get involved in your community. This is a citywide event with multiple locations. Register here.

Indulge in everything apple at Peddler’s Village 44th Annual Apple Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday.

Treat yourself to a little something from Sunday’s Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. This traveling market has everything– vintage finds, handmade goods and most importantly, food!

Stroll around the city and local museums at Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And make sure these upcoming events are on your radar:
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, November 4-19
— First Person Arts Festival happening November 5-18
Leadership Connection at Publicis Health Media on Tuesday, November 14.

Celebrate the Craftiest of Months at CraftNOW Philadelphia

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Did you know November is CraftMONTH in Philadelphia? Now you do! And what better way to celebrate the craftiest of months by exploring the art of the handmade with eight events, a dozen exhibitions and hundreds of artists!

CraftNOW Philadelphia is back for a third year to spotlight the vibrant craft art movement in Philadelphia. This two-week event series takes place at galleries, museums, and universities throughout the city from November 1 to 12. Mark your calendar for these lectures, hands-on activities and special events for 2017:

1. CraftNOW Kickoff, Proclamation, and Artist Reception
When: Wednesday, November 1, 5 PM to 8 PM
Where: The Art Gallery in City Hall, Room 116, Broad & Market Streets
How much: FREE

CraftMONTH begins on Wednesday, November 1 at City Hall with a reception for Crafting Contexts, a juried exhibition of 27 artists from the Philadelphia region whose works explore the intersections of traditional craft and fine art. The reception follows a ceremonial event proclaiming November as CraftMONTH in Philadelphia.

2. A Well-Crafted First Friday in Old City
When: Friday, November 3, 5 PM to 8 PM
Where: Galleries, Retailers and Restaurants throughout Old City
How much: FREE

Stroll through galleries and boutiques in Old City during November’s First Friday festivities. Pick up a CraftNOW brochure and present it to participating retailers and restaurants to receive special discounts for this one night only.

3. Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
When: Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F, 12
th & Arch Streets
How much: Present a current college ID at the information desk outside of Hall F and get a discounted $12 ticket at the door. Get Tickets

The 41st annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show celebrates 195 artists from across the United States and 25 guest artists from Korea. Hear artists describe firsthand how they create works in fiber, glass, metal, wood, and clay.

4. Fluid Boundaries Symposium
When: Friday, November 10, 12 PM to 8 PM
Where: Moore College of Art & Design, Graham Auditorium, 20
th & the Parkway
How much: FREE

This free half day of talks and moderated discussions at the Moore College of Art & Design, surrounds the theme “Fluid Boundaries.” A highlight is the keynote from Abraham Thomas, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for the Renwick Gallery at The Smithsonian American Art Museum, in his first speaking engagement in Philadelphia. Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction.

5. CraftNOW Create
When: Saturday, November 11, 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street
How much: FREE

Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Try your hand at woodworking with The Center for Art in Wood and the Wharton Esherick Museum, create your own Claymation with The Clay Studio, make and take metal jewelry with the Wayne Art Center, go on a glass blowing studio tour with The University of the Arts, and much more. All activities are FREE. Stop by and join in at any time! Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction.

Halloweekend Events + First Friday with Open Arts

Photo: The Franklin Fountain snapped by Olivia Brosky


Make sure to sign-up for our final Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre on November 3rd. Spend Friday night in Old City! Check out the neighborhood galleries and businesses holding open houses. Registration for this FREE event gets you free snacks, a discount card and an art crawl map.


Weekend Highlights:

  • Boogie down at the Kimmel Center with 2017 AfroPunk Battle of the Bands winner- Courtnee Roze. She has worked with celebrated musicians including J. Cole, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Tony Award winner Lachanze. Claim your free tickets now!
  • For our 21+ crowd, celebrate Halloween at the Rosenbach.
  • Snag some free tickets to hear classical music from the Schumann Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano put on by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go This Weekend in Philly!

The best way to explore Philadelphia? Walking! Lace up your sneakers and head out to  Philly Free Streets, this Saturday from 8AM-1PM. Enjoy “three-and-a-half miles of car-free, free-activity-filled roads for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists to explore from Philadelphia’s Historic District all the way to the El Centro de Oro neighborhood in North Philly.”

On your walk, try to spot some of the Monument Lab installations scattered throughout the city.  Maybe your Free Streets stroll will take you South to the South Street Pumpkinfest or  East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday.

If you want to go down a less traveled path this weekend,  walk along Kelly Drive to catch the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta or ride up to Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for Yokai Family Weekend!

If it’s not a walk around the city, consider planning a mini road trip. Hop on a train, jump in your car (or Zipcar) to explore one of the “22 small towns near Philly you need to visit right now!